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Nairobi City Safaris
Thika Town special visit - Half day
Thika town is only 40kms away from Nairobi, its famous for the vast pineapple plantations. Thika has a population of 88,265 (1999 census)[ and is growing rapidly, like the entire greater Nairobi area. The elevation of Thika is 1531 meters (5026 feet) in altitude. The town has a railway station, but there is only limited passenger service. The town is headquarters of the Thika District. The district is the prime pineapple-growing region in Kenya. Thika was formerly a center for light industry, but the focus has shifted to the Athi River. Thika is externally serviced by a dual carriage way to Nairobi, a highway to Garissa and also a railway line. Internally, the town has a well-maintained road network. The economic activities of the town include agriculture, particularly in the horticulture (exports mainly to Europe) and coffee industry (exports mainly to the USA and Europe). Other industries include textile (cotton), food processing (pineapples, macadamia nuts, and wheat), tannery, motor vehicle assemblies and cigarette manufacturing. About one hundred small scale industries and about twenty major factories exist in and around the town. The decline of the textile industry has hit local firms, including Thika Cloth Mills (TCM), which is cotton to fabric manufacturer that competes against Egyptian & Chinese manufacturers.
Thika is close to "Fourteen Falls" which is a popular picnic site. Thika is home to the Chania Falls and the Thika Falls, while Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park lies to its south east.
The Blue Posts Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Thika town, over looking the water falls of the Chania and Thika rivers. There are 32 bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom facilities. There is a nature walk set out along the rivers.
Drive to Thika located some 45 km from the city centre to arrive at Blue Posts Hotel, established in 1908 as a stop over for white settlers who farmed and lived in central Kenya. Two rivers namely, Thika and Chania Rivers surround the hotel each with a natural waterfall. These rivers originate from the Aberdare Ranges, in the Aberdare National Park. A visit to the nearby pineapple plantation will be done. Lunch at the hotel, after which, you will be driven back to Nairobi where the tour ends.
Cost: In US$
Paradise lost - Half day
Paradise Lost: This resort sits on a 54-acre piece of private land and is reputed to be the largest picnic site in Kenya. Some makuti sheds dot the shores of a dam and others are scattered on the hill overlooking Kiambu town to the east. This magnificent natural feature is only 8 kilometres from Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. To get there, you take the Kiambu Road and turn left at Sarvid. There's a big yellow signpost from where, two kilometres down a murram road, you get to Paradise Lost. As you follow a path that meanders through the wood, you suddenly find a waterfall at the entrance to the caves. The cave is from the Stone Age and boasts a breathtaking entrance. Ideal for camping, Paradise Lost has lush green grounds and security is guaranteed twenty four hours a day. School groups can forget about their class work for a while and embrace what nature holds for them at the Paradise Lost Dam. The dam is 70 feet deep but you need not worry. Professional lifesavers in life jackets are in attendance and accompany the holidaymakers throughout. For those who love fishing and who would like to give the fish eagles a run for their money, the prospects are quite high so long as it is not done for commercial purposes.
Bird watching: This area offer unique bird sighting experience and one area you are likely to find the rarest of the central highland species or the country bird species. Early morning walk can result to an impressive 60 record of different birds.
Nature Trail: For nature lover with tree appetites this is the place to be. You will explore different species of indigenous and exotic trees which have blend well to give that cool atmosphere; you will even forget that you are in a city outcast. This area is a well preserved but lost paradise. The combination of this pristine land with other exotic tree gives a heaven to be admired by all. You will enjoy the unrivalled professional services of the local naturalist guide. There is also coffee farm tour to be enjoyed.
Water sports: Boat rides and swimming are there for your offing. You will enjoy the guided boat ride along the river where apart from having that thrilling experience you will have to enjoy the forest and nature itself. If you happen to have a child they will have swimming lessons. There is also a spectacular waterfall and you will love the climate around this area. They will have water sports play with experienced instructors. Fishing can also be done in this farm.
Ostrich feeding: This is a rare occurrence. You will have this opportunity to feed this big African bird. They even have ostrich rides that are exhilarating and a memory to remember.
Explore the caves: This is a home to 2.5 million years old caves. Here you will study bat and other nocturnal animals and birds. Geology will also be a subject to be discussed at length. Be sure to see bats in plenty if you visit this area.
Rides: Apart from ostrich rides, you will also have the opportunity to have horse and camel rides. You will explore over 50 acres of land in either horse or camel.
Children: They are treated with face painting, fun games, and other activities filled with laughter
Catering and Camping: If
you are planning to visits this area doesn't worry about food or accommodation.
You can have the Kenyan delicacies at their cafeteria. Kuku and Nyama
Choma are there in plenty. There is a bar incase you need to have a
drink. Picnic sites are in plenty and camping can be done in the most
tranquil areas of this gorgeous garden.
Drive to the largest picnic site in Kenya (54 acres of pure fun). This is the home of the 2.5 years Old Stone Age caves, trees thought to be hundred of years old while the river reeds have a long story to tell. Enjoy the nature trails amid bird watching, horse riding, and camel riding, feeding Maasai ostrich, fishing, coffee farms, and boat riding. The tour returns to the city centre.
Cost: In US$
Ngong Forest Sanctuary walks - Half day
Highlights: The Ngong Forest Sanctuary is located just 6km from Nairobi city centre on the doorstep of four million residents. The Ngong Forest is the only indigenous forest in the world that is located right within the confines of a capital city. In an unusual and dynamic move on the part of the Kenyan Government, an area of 600 hectares of this urban forest has been entrusted to the management of a private charitable trust - the Ngong Forest Sanctuary Trust. With donor funding from the European Community the Trust is in the process of fencing the 600 hectares to protect this indigenous forest from ongoing unsustainable degradation and to transform a vulnerable, under-utilized forest into a secure amenity that all Kenyans and visitors to Nairobi can enjoy. As one of the last tracts of indigenous forest and a green belt within the city of Nairobi, it is a wonderful natural resource that the Ngong Forest Sanctuary Trust hopes to turn into a social, educational and economic asset to the surrounding communities. Nairobi plays host to 605 different species of birds, which is more bird species within the boundaries of a capital city than any other in the world. 190 of them can be found in the Ngong Forest Sanctuary, along with 35 species of mammals and 208 species of indigenous trees and plants which together create a stunning sanctuary in the heart of Nairobi. The walk takes tour groups through the forest or around the dam that attracts large numbers of birds and even leopard has been spotted there.
The very first Ngong Forest Sanctuary Walk was launched in 1991 offering visitors to Kenya the chance to enjoy one of Nairobi's most beautiful visitor attractions. Today, the Ngong Forest Sanctuary Walks are held every Tuesday and Thursday in the morning and afternoon and last about two hours. Guided by a qualified naturalist and accompanied by a security guard, walkers will learn all about the forest's history, its indigenous plants and trees and its amazing bird and animal life.
Drive 6 km from the city centre to Ngong Forest, the only indigenous forest in the world that is located right within the city confines of a capital city. The walk in the forest offers bird watching, plant identification, and animal life accompanied by a professional naturalist. At the end of the walk Ngong Race course Restaurant will serve refreshments. Please note your payments go to the Ngong Forest Sanctuary Trust, contributing to conservation of this highly valued natural resource splendours.
Cost: In US$
Nairobi Safari Walk with the Orphanage (4 hours)
The Nairobi Animal Orphanage was established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation center for wild animals found abandoned or injured throughout Kenya, the unique facility records over 200,000 thousand visitors every year. The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is not big in size, in fact, it's rather small, but this makes it very intimate and it is certainly easy to wander around.
"The Nairobi Animal Orphanage has successful treated and released over five thousand different species since this program was initiated 32 years-ago, and it is now in the process of modernizing the facility or what in management circles they term as Gemba Kaizen - continuous, improvement to meet both the international standards and also afford the animals favorable and conducive environment now that to some of them, this is their retirement home," What adds to its charm and its sense of personalisation is that every enclosure has a notice in front of it describing the animals in a way that allows visitors to relate to them. First of all, each animal has a name and its age and a reference to where it came from. Other interesting facts include biological details (it's life expectancy, how much and what it eats natural habitat, etc.)
Currently this important educational and training facility, which is housed, in Kenya's oldest Park and the only wildlife protected area in a capital city in the world - Nairobi National Park, is said to be home to twenty four different animals and bird species.
You can also read about how each animal came to be there - whether it was rescued or born in captivity. If it was rescued, there is a story about who rescued it, what it was suffering from and a brief tale of its recovery and rehabilitation. If unsuccessful efforts were made to release it back into the wild, you can also read about why those efforts failed - and I noticed on many of the boards that often it was because the animal was refused to leave its caretaker.
Visit this amazing wildlife rehabilitation facility and we bet you! You will never forget the experience!
The Nairobi safari walk is based 7 km away from the Nairobi city center just 30 meters from the entrance of the Nairobi National Park. It is Kenya's new conservation based recreation facility. The facility is supreme in tourism and conservation education due to its skilled and creative landscape design, detailed interpretation and wildlife species. Next to it is the Rangers Restaurant. The gates open daily as from 9am till 5.30pm.The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has given the entire Park a facelift. New concepts and ideas have been incorporated to make the Park visitor-friendly. There is always something new to see and so each visit is exciting and thrilling.
For International Visitors, the Nairobi safari walk is an eye opener to Kenya's National Parks and Reserves. It offers the international visitor an opportunity to learn what he/she expects to see across the country. You will get a taste of Kenya's rich animal collection which includes the white rhino, rare bongo, albino zebra, and collection of cats, primates and antelopes. It is a home to a collection of over 150 species of local trees.
Nairobi Safari Walk is a conservation-cum-education facility that has been developed from the former Animal Orphanage. Eleven hectares of land have been set aside for the construction of this facility in order to give visitors a sample of Kenya's rich bio-diversity. In other words, to set the standards of conservation education in Kenya. The site also serves as KWS centre for development of education materials.
This tour starts at your residence or Hotel in Nairobi and goes to the Nairobi National Park main gate where Nairobi Safari walk and animal orphanage is located. You will start with the Animal orphanage and then finish with the Nairobi safari walk. You will then return to your destination on completion.
Cost: In US$
Nairobi's Kibera Slums Charity Tour - 4 hours
"This is a four hour excursion Charity tour of Kibera slums. This tour is recommended for a business traveler(s), church missionary, a journalist(s), and a business executive who would like to have a quick feel of slum life in Kenya. Or it can be done before or after a normal safari as part of a City Tour. This excursion is famous for those who would like to visit Kibera slums as first visitors and it is preferred for both the foreigners and the Kenyan populace who have never visited the Kibera Slums or those who will want a repeat of the Kibera Slums". This is a charity tour; those who tour Kibera are expected to donate towards the alleviation of poverty and upgrading of the Slum conditions of livelihood.
9am - 1 pm - Nairobi City Centre - Kibera Slums Charity Excursion
This is an escorted tour which starts at 9am from your destination/hotel from the city centre and goes through the Ngong road past Uchumi Supermarket, turn left just next to the Nakumatt Supermarket. Pass by the DO headquarters through to Bombolulu stage where you start to descend into the three (3) kilometer Main Kibera slum road. Visit the Soweto Village homesteads, and then continue to the Curio (handcrafts) Workshop where you will witness how those living in the Kibera slums are innovative in making ornaments out of animal bones. Continue with visits of the Nursery schools and pass by to see the Water vender and the Shower shop as you meet other slum dwellers mingling with you as they carry on with their daily chores. Turn right past the roadside fish mongers into the Biogas plant, the only one of its kind in Africa which will use human waste as its raw material in the production of Biogas which will be used as cooking gas as well as lighting about 200 households once it is accomplished and commissioned.
Proceed to the Baraka Za Ibrahim School which is a charitable school, run with the donations from well wishers and caters for lower and upper levels of education starting from Nursery to Secondary level. It has boarding facilities for few Orphaned boys and girls, a small kitchen and a laboratory not to mention a ramshackle over crowded staff room in the centre of this tiny overcrowded institution.
Proceed to the other homesteads including those of the tour guides and security team members and witness their life styles in the slums. Pass by a popular pub within the slum for a drink, if you so wish, and pass over the bridge unto the Railway line. You may be lucky to witness the train pass on the railway line amidst the tin roofed houses with human beings and animals (goats, dogs, chickens crossing the railway line at the same time). Cross the railway line into the Centre housing the sick and share your moment with these deserving mothers and children of the slum.
End the tour with your decision as to where you will donate the profits of your tour. Our tour manager and tour guide will then hand over to you the profits for you to donate to a deserving project /activity of your choice.
Return to the City Centre or your hotel ready for lunch before your formal departure to the next destination or Rest.
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Cost: In US$
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